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International at the Creation

Karen Ordahl Kupperman

in Rethinking American History in a Global Age

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230576
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936034 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230576.003.0005
International at the Creation

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This chapter states that in early American history, the boundaries that were honored with the title “American history” were meaningless. The beginning of the chapter presents one version of the founding of America, where it is stated that history began in the East and continually moved westward for over two centuries until it arrived at the Pacific coast. This is followed by a discussion of the central myth linked to the history of early modern America. Based on the new account of American history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the discussion states that America was international even before it became national. The chapter also considers the adoption of a continental approach to the study and teaching of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century American history.

Keywords: early American history; founding of America; central myth; early modern America; continental approach

Chapter.  9547 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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